Arie Luyendyk Jr.

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Arie Luyendyk Jr.
Race Car Driver Arie Luyendyk, Jr.jpg
Luyendyk Jr. in 2012
Nationality American
Born (1981-09-18) 18 September 1981 (age 36)
The Netherlands
Related to Arie Luyendyk (father)
Firestone Indy Lights Series
Years active 2002–2018
Teams Luyendyk Racing
Sam Schmidt Motorsports
Brian Stewart Racing
Guthrie Racing
AGR-AFS Racing
Andersen Racing
Alliance Motorsports
Starts 66
Wins 1
Poles 4
Best finish 2nd in 2002
Previous series
2007–2008
2006
2001
A1 Grand Prix (rookie driver)
IndyCar Series
SCCA Formula Continental

Arie Luyendyk Jr. (/ˈɑːri ˈləndk/; Dutch: [ˈaːri ləjɛnˈdik]; born September 18, 1981)[1] is a Dutch-born American auto racing driver and son of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk. He has competed mostly in North America where his father lives and made his career. Luyendyk is best known for competing in the Indy Lights Series where he finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the Championship over a number of years. He was named a test-driver in A1 Grand Prix alongside Jeroen Bleekemolen for A1 Team The Netherlands starting the 2007–08 season.[2]

Luyendyk has competed in various sports-car series competing in the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona.

He was a contestant on ABC's dating competition The Bachelorette season 8 in 2012, where he placed first runner-up, and starred in the 22nd season of its sister show The Bachelor, which premiered on January 1, 2018.

Early life[edit]

Luyendyk was born in The Netherlands,[3] to Arie and Mieke Luyendyk.[4] At age 3,[3] he immigrated with his family, including sister Maida, to the United States and settled in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Luyendyk has two younger twin brothers, Alec and Luca.[4]

Career[edit]

Luyendyk began racing karts in 1992, and moved to Sports Car Club of America club Formula Ford competition six years later at the age of 16. He raced in a number of American junior formulae, notching wins in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge series and top five finishes the U.S. Formula Ford 2000 Championship. In 2001, Luyendyk finished third in the Formula Continental class at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs as well as winning the SCCA Southern Pacific divisional title on the strength of four wins in that same class.[citation needed]

He competed full-time in the first three seasons of the Indy Racing League's Indy Pro Series (now known as Firestone Indy Lights), beginning in 2002. In his Firestone Indy Lights career, Luyendyk has 1 victory, four pole positions and 24 top-5 finishes. Luyendyk finished second in the Firestone Indy Lights Championship in 2002, third in 2004, and fourth in 2008.[citation needed]

Luyendyk driving an Indy Lights car on the Streets of St. Petersburg in 2005

In 2005, Luyendyk attempted to make his IndyCar Series debut by qualifying for the 2005 Indianapolis 500 in a car owned by Curb-Agajanian/Beck Motorsports. However, with limited track time and a car that never handled properly, Luyendyk's qualifying speed of 215.039 mph (346.072 km/h) was close to 2 mph (3.2 km/h) slower than the next slowest qualifier at the time. A. J. Foyt hired driver Felipe Giaffone to qualify a third car for him, and Giaffone's 217.645 mph (350.266 km/h) four-lap average bumped Luyendyk from the field.

Luyendyk did qualify for the 2006 Indianapolis 500 in a car owned by his father and backed by cheapcaribbean.com and Blue Star Jets. The team had limited practice time due to a second week engine program. However, his first race in the more powerful cars ended early due to handling issues, with Luyendyk finishing 54 laps out of 200 and ending in 28th place in the field of 33.[citation needed]

Luyendyk practicing for the 2008 Firestone Freedom 100

In the 2007-08 A1 Grand Prix season, Luyendyk drove for A1 Team Netherlands in the A1 Grand Prix World Cup of Motorsport as the team's "rookie driver". His best result was a fifth place training time at Round 5 held in Taupo, New Zealand. He has returned to the Firestone Indy Lights Series to race for AGR-AFS Racing as the teammate to Raphael Matos. He captured his first series win in the final race of the 2008 season at Chicagoland Speedway by passing Matos on a late race restart. Luyendyk would finish the 2008 season fourth in the Championship, recording five podium finishes.[citation needed]

In 2010 he returned part-time to Indy Lights and drove in the Freedom 100 for Andersen Racing and three other oval races for Alliance Motorsports. His best finish was seventh at Chicagoland.[citation needed]

Pro Light TORC truck at Crandon

In 2013 Luyendyk made the switch to off-road racing in the Stadium Super Trucks series,[5] finishing seventh in points. In his partial season Luyendyk notched a heat win and three 4th-place finishes in seven starts.

Luyendyk finished the season driving in the Traxxas TORC Series with Aero Motorsports backed by Ethika and Cooper Tires. In Luyendyk's TORC debut he finished fourth at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway driving in the Pro Light class. On November 18, 2013 Luyendyk completed a test with Dale Coyne Racing in the DW12 IndyCar. Luyendyk ran 138 laps.[citation needed]

Television[edit]

In 2009, Luyendyk became the driver analyst for Versus broadcasts of Indy Lights races. In 2012 Luyendyk returned to the booth, commentating the Indy Lights races for the NBC Sports Network. He appeared as himself in season nine of Hell's Kitchen. The chefs visited the Grand Prix of Long Beach in which Luyendyk was participating.[citation needed]

Luyendyk placed second on the eighth season of the reality show The Bachelorette, starring Emily Maynard.

Luyendyk appeared in the first episode of the 17th season of The Bachelor. Luyendyk also competed on Wipeout: Summer Episode 7: "Bachelors vs. Bachelorettes", where he was eliminated early.

In 2017, it was announced that Luyendyk would appear in the 22nd season of The Bachelor. He asked Rebecca "Becca" Kufrin to marry him at the season finale however he later regretted rejecting Lauren Burnham, the runner-up, and tried to rekindle things with Burnham.[6] Luyendyk and Burnham are engaged as of March 6, 2018.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Luyendyk currently works as a real estate broker for RE/MAX in Scottsdale, Arizona.[8] He is engaged to the runner-up, Lauren Burnham of The Bachelor[7] with a wedding planned for January 2019.[9] Burnham is moving to Scottsdale to be with Luyendyk.[10]

Racing record[edit]

SCCA National Championship Runoffs[edit]

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
2000 Mid-Ohio Van Diemen RF01 Ford Formula Continental 3 2 Running

American open-wheel racing[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
2002 Luyendyk Racing KAN
10
NSH
2
MIS
2
KTY
6
STL
2
CHI
2
TXS
7
2nd 236
2003 Sinden Racing HMS
4
PHX
10
INDY
15
PPIR
3
KAN
12
NSH
9
MIS
11
STL
3
KTY
4
CHI
4
FON
10
TXS
13
7th 299
2004 Sam Schmidt Motorsports HMS
9
PHX
2
INDY
3
KAN
7
NSH
11
MIL
9
MIS
8
3rd 330
AFS Racing KTY
4
PPIR
5
CHI
4
FON
14
TXS
4
2005 AFS Racing HMS PHX
4
STP
5
INDY FON
6
11th 228
Brian Stewart Racing TXS
10
IMS
6
NSH
8
MIL
7
KTY
10
PPIR
10
SNM CHI WGL
2006 AFS Racing HMS
4
STP1
DNS
STP2 INDY WGL
11
IMS NSH
11
MIL KTY SNM1 SNM2 CHI
6
15th 105
2007 Guthrie Racing HMS STP1 STP2 INDY MIL IMS1 IMS2 IOW WGL1
17
WGL2
22
NSH MDO KTY SNM1 SNM2 CHI 35th 21
2008 AGR-AFS Racing HMS
4
STP1
6
STP2
22
KAN
3
INDY
14
MIL
8
IOW
2
WGL1
7
WGL2
7
NSH
3
MDO1
8
MDO2
11
KTY
3
SNM1
17
SNM2
16
CHI
1
4th 428
2010 Andersen Racing STP ALA LBH INDY
14
IOW WGL TOR EDM MDO SNM 17th 82
Alliance Motorsports CHI
7
KTY
9
HMS
12

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2005 CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports HMS PHX STP MOT INDY
DNQ
TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY PPIR SNM CHI WGL FON NC
2006 Luyendyk Racing HMS STP MOT INDY
28
WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY SNM CHI 36th 10

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2005 Dallara Chevrolet DNQ Beck
2006 Panoz Honda 31 28 Luyendyk

Complete A1 Grand Prix results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2007–08 Netherlands NED
SPR

PO
NED
FEA

PO
CZE
SPR

PO
CZE
FEA

PO
MYS
SPR

PO
MYS
FEA

PO
CHN
SPR

PO
CHN
FEA

PO
NZL
SPR

PO
NZL
FEA

PO
AUS
SPR

PO
AUS
FEA

PO
RSA
SPR

PO
RSA
FEA

PO
MEX
SPR

PO
MEX
FEA

PO
CHN
SPR

PO
CHN
FEA

PO
GBR
SPR

PO
GBR
SPR

PO
7th 87

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Arie Luyendyk Jr". X Games (ESPN). Archived from the original on December 14, 2017. Retrieved December 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Bleekemolen & Luyendyk Jr. to drive for Team Netherlands". GPUpdate.net. 1 August 2007. Retrieved January 30, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Huggins, Sarah (October 25, 2017). "Who's the Next Bachelor 2018? It's Arie Luyendyk Jr". ABC. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017. Born in the Netherlands, Arie, 36, and his family immigrated to the United States when he was just three years old. 
  4. ^ a b Kallmann, Dave (June 7, 2011). "Life Has Slowed Only a Bit for Luyendyk". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Wisconsin. Archived from the original on December 22, 2017. Retrieved December 21, 2017. 
  5. ^ DiZinno, Tony (24 April 2013). "Arie Luyendyk Jr. adapts to racing Stadium Super Trucks". NBC Sports. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  6. ^ The 'Bachelor' finale leaves both women stunned Yahoo Entertainment, Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Stone, Natalie (March 6, 2018). "The Bachelor's Arie Luyendyk Jr. Gets Engaged to Lauren Burnham After Split from Becca Kufrin". people.com. Retrieved March 7, 2018. 
  8. ^ http://www.excaliburrealestate.com/Agent-Detail/arie-luyendyk-jr/129382-3024147/
  9. ^ Melas, Chloe (May 23, 2018). "Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham reveal their wedding plans". cnn.com. Retrieved May 27, 2018. 
  10. ^ Tracy, Brianne (March 6, 2018). "Arie Luyendyk Jr. & Lauren Burnham Have 'Talked About Running Away to Vegas' to Elope". people.com. Retrieved March 13, 2018. 

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